Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid fined for conduct toward officials after Chiefs’ loss to Bills: Source

The NFL fined Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and coach Andy Reid for their conduct toward game officials during and after the team’s 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills last week, a league source confirmed Saturday.

Reid was fined $100,000 for his public criticism of the officials, while Mahomes was fined $50,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during the fourth quarter of the loss and for publicly criticizing the officials as well.

On the Chiefs’ final drive of the loss, a 25-yard pass to tight end Travis Kelce, who then lateraled the ball back to receiver Kadarius Toney for a touchdown, was called back by officials, who ruled that Toney lined up in the neutral zone before the ball was hiked.

As the clock ticked down after Kansas City turned the ball over on downs, Mahomes was visibly upset on the sidelines, slamming his helmet on the ground and shouting toward the field as he was held back by multiple teammates. After the game, he could be heard saying the penalty was the “wildest f—— call I’ve ever seen” while embracing Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Reid called the penalty “a bit embarrassing for the National Football League.” Reid said officials have typically given the sideline warning before calling a penalty like the one called on Toney.

“Another game we’re talking about the refs,” Mahomes said after the game. “It’s not what we want for the NFL. It’s not what we want for football. Let us play the game. Then whatever happens happens.”

On Tuesday, Mahomes expressed regret for his reactions.

“Obviously you don’t want to react that way,” he said during a radio interview on 610 AM in Kansas City. “I mean I can, man. I love this game. I love my teammates. I want to go out there and put everything on line to win. But obviously you can’t do that, that way towards officials or anybody in life. I probably regret acting like that. But more than anything, I regret acting that way towards Josh (Allen) after the game because he had nothing to do with it.”